True & Honest Fan
If by this point in time it isn't clear that belief in God is better than the alternative then I don't know what to tell you, just look around you at the world today.It's funny really. As much as I would love to believe that this horrifying future everyone is talking about won't come to pass, I can't deny the fact that many people have in fact abandoned God. It feels like many people have replaced him with people like political candidates, corporations, social media stars, ect. And I see nothing but misery there.
Growing up, I was always a bit skeptical about his existence, but I don't know, nowadays, I've been moving further and further towards believing in him. There's just something that feels... right about the whole thing.
Maybe it is a form of coping, but based on what I mentioned above, human beings have a natural desire to look upon someone or something in power for guidance and peace of mind.
The problem with everything that isn't God is that they all demand something of you. Your vote, your subscription, your donation, ect.
God doesn't seem to demand anything but your faith in him. And that you try your best and be good to your fellow man.
Even if things end up going topside, as long as we stay true to ourselves and not give in to this false version of reality these people push on us, everything will work out somehow. As you said, "freedom to suffer".
We see now what a society that turns it's back on God looks like and it's nothing good, it creates a power vacuum where something far worse is going to fill it, we get chaos, we get insanity, we get people who insist "reality is whatever I say it is", we don't get a more logical, rational society, that's now as much a fantasy as what the atheists accuse belief in God of being, a rational secular society is a fairy tale.
Human beings simply aren't rational creatures, belief in God helps structure our minds and our civilizations into something that works, the alternative simply doesn't work, we've tried it, it's had it's day and it only took about a decade for it to fail, it simply doesn't work, it's actually hilarious how little time it took for things to start going south.
That's all the proof of the existence of God one needs.